From a small, low-slung house in the heart of Tampa’s posh Wynwood neighborhood, the family of six was born.
With their names on the front door, they would greet their new neighbors with a wave, take them to the pool and a private spa, then spend the day together.
They’d go to the movies, and sometimes their parents would show up at the house to see the movie.
“They had a real good time,” says Nicole Baca, a longtime Tampa escort who now runs her own agency.
“It was really a family thing.
It was fun for them to be together, and they would go out on the town.”
When they were ready, the parents would take their children to the gym or play outside in the neighborhood.
“I mean, I have kids, and I’m going to take them somewhere fun,” says the 29-year-old Tampa native.
“But it was like, ‘Oh my God, they’re all going to be in one place, and we’re going to get it done.'”
After a few months of family time, the group would move into a more permanent house.
“If you look at our clients, it’s the most exclusive houses in the world,” Baca says.
“The women are very expensive.
But if you are going to go for a massage or a massage that is going to cost you thousands of dollars.”
That was before Baca’s clients started turning to escorts.
A growing number of escort services are catering to the male market, offering free private parties and sex-selective sex for a fraction of the cost of typical escort services.
But while the male escorts and escort services offer a similar experience, some male escort groups do it a little differently.
“We all have a similar mission: We are going out and helping our clients get laid,” says Tonya Cerny, founder and CEO of a Tampa-based company called Elegant and Casual.
“Our goal is not to make money; our goal is to help them achieve a more fulfilling and more beautiful life.”
That means offering a variety of services, including live sex shows and private sessions, but it’s not always about sex.
“When you are talking about having sex with a client, you’re really just there to meet them,” Cernys says.
When you’re talking about sex with an escort, you are really just talking about meeting them.
That includes meeting them at the spa or on a private island in the Caribbean, or getting their parents to spend the night.
“You might go in and get them laid on a yacht or go to a nightclub, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good client,” says Cernies co-founder Melissa Baca.
“Or, for that matter, a good partner.”
The first female escort services came into existence when escort services for women began to proliferate in the 1990s, and women began asking for more choices when they chose to have sex.
For many women, they were finding the men they were dating on the internet, and finding themselves on a journey of self-discovery.
“For the most part, the female escorts have to meet their clients through online profiles,” says Baca of her business.
“There’s not necessarily a person in the room.
If you are on Facebook, and you’re looking for a client to have dinner with, and she is, it can be very difficult for you to find a person who’s actually there for you.”
That led to more women asking for male escort services as well.
“Because we weren’t in a relationship, it was much easier for women to find male escort services,” says Elegance, whose clients include models and actors.
“A lot of times, they do things that are not what a man would do.”
And it’s easy to see why, says Bicas husband, David Baca: They’re very, very popular.
“My clients will be up on the Internet and say, ‘I want to be with a professional escort,’ or, ‘My mom is looking for me,'” Baca recalls.
“And, when I see that, I’m like, OK, this is my opportunity to really meet a real person.”
With an increasing number of female escort groups popping up in Tampa and other cities across the U.S., the business model for female escorting is not just for the sake of being popular.
In fact, one of the biggest barriers to success for female escort groups is that they are viewed as a niche industry.
“People think it’s a very male-dominated industry, and that is completely false,” says Debbie Smith, president of the Florida chapter of the National Organization for Women.
“In fact, we have a lot of women and men who have